International Student Handbook

The International Student Handbook is intended to be a resource to assist newly admitted students in making their stay at IUP both meaningful and rewarding. It has been designed, when used in connection with other IUP publications, to smooth your transition into American life and your academic studies.

The Office of International Education assists students with immigration matters and acts as a liaison between the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of State and all international students and visiting scholars at IUP. If you need services that the OIE provides, you can visit the main office to set up an appointment with the appropriate person in the OIE. Specific information about your major or other academic issues can be found by visiting the IUP Colleges and Departments web page. The IUP Academic Calendar is another resource that will assist you with your planning while at IUP as it provides information on important dates and academic events.

Academic Matters

Addresses, Mail, and Personal Records


International students in F-1 and J-1 visa statuses may seek authorization to work while studying in the United States. However, the processes and restrictions associated with such work authorizations vary depending on the student's status and the type of work requested. For information about employment, please visit our F-1 and J-1 Employment Information web page.

Financial Matters

Health Care and Insurance


Immigration and Travel

We will do our best to inform enrolled IUP students of changes in immigration and updates that may affect their status or travel. We will use IUP e-mail to send out notifications concerning immigration and travel. Please check your IUP e-mail frequently and review the information on our Immigration web page.

Title IX Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Resources

IUP is committed to an educational and work environment free from any form of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The IUP Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence policy provides definitions, reporting, and complaint resolution procedures. For more information about sexual harassment and sexual violence resources, reporting, and support services, please visit the IUP Title IX web page. Brochures are available in English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.